Model Gisele recently stated that breastfeeding should be mandatory worldwide. Um, I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, I am all in support of breastfeeding. It is definitely the primal way of feeding a young child. However, I am more in support of moms. I'm sure the majority of paleolithic mothers did breastfeed their babies but I bet there were also circumstances when it wasn't possible. She had to rely on other mothers to nurse her child. That is rarely acceptable in America today.
As much as I would love all mothers that want to nurse be able to I don't think our society is set up for it. Nursing mothers routinely cover their babies or go into separate rooms to feed their babies. Young girls do not grow up seeing nursing as a normal natural part of the pregnancy cycle. Breastfeeding is not a skill that is taught by older more experienced family members.
Making breastfeeding mandatory will only make women resent nursing and punish those who aren't physically able to breastfeed. To really encourage all mothers to breastfeed we need:
*Longer maternity leave
*Lactation consultants covered by medical insurance
What are your thoughts on making breastfeeding mandatory?